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From Twitter 10-09-2010

  • 08:24:30: Chaos reigned this morning. DD woke up less than an hour before supposed to take SAT. Panic, Tears, Drive. Made it. Good luck!

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Is Panic A Good Test-Taking Ploy?

If DD maintains, it could be a really good mental boost. I let one of my girlfriends talk me into taking a break between semester finals right before my WORST class's test. My mare had foaled, producing a black and white tobiano filly, the very best result for a Pinto breeder. We barely made it back in time for the test. I was so hyped, I aced the test big time, getting the second highest score.

Afterward the teacher said, "I know you didn't cheat -- you were the highest in your section, and only my best student beat you, in the second test. How did you do that when you never seemed to know what was going on in class?"

I'd taken copious notes and paid strict attention, but he was right, my comments were dorky. I'd question things that didn't pop for me. I was in the third quarter of a three quarter class, so all the specialized vocabulary had long ago been explained. I only needed one quarter to meet a requirement...

I would have loved to be able to reassure him I'd read over those notes... but in truth, I didn't even open the notebook.

May DD have such a time on a very important test... :-)

(The night my VW Beatle was blown sideways off an icy highway on my way to take a semester final at a college 50 miles away, with mainly students who lived in the dorms in the class, I went the other way so heavily that the teacher questioned my performance. I really blasted his inconsiderateness in not canceling or allowing an out-of-towner to reschedule the test due to weather. My live is NOT worth a grade... It turned out he'd never given travel to class a thought.)

Maybe panic coming off a good experience boosts, but panic following a bad one is a dragger-downer? Or is this a case of individual differences, not a universal set of reactions?